CASA of Oklahoma County’s thorough training process provides the volunteer with in-depth information about the courts and case dynamics. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the implementation of training is being reviewed constantly to ensure a quality learning environment while following policy safety guidelines for social distancing. Currently our training is completely virtual and lasts for six weeks. We will adjust the learning experience to live classes again as health and safety policies allow.
Please contact our Recruitment Director for more information on our training options.
2021 Training Schedule
Pre-Service Training is a two-part system: half of the training process is completed online the other half is done in person at the CASAofOKCO office. There are two options to attend training on either Tuesday evenings or Thursday afternoons.
At the beginning of a training session, an online classroom is open to each participant where they can devote at least three hours a week to complete work on their own. The online classroom includes message boards, individual reading, and videos. The in-person portion of training takes place once a week.
There are two sessions for Pre-Service Training left in 2021. They are:
- October 4th through November 10th
- November 8th through December 13th
Additional Training Dates
- January 3rd through February 10th
- February 7th through March 17th
- March 14th through April 21st
- April 18th through May 26th
- May 23rd through June 30th
For answers to your specific questions about training please go to the contact tab of this website, add your information, and submit a question.
National CASA standards state that new volunteers must complete 30 hours of pre-service training before being sworn in as an officer of the court. These classes consist of discussion, individual activities, and group activities with videos, debates, and reading to complement the adult learning experience. Classes also include a case study which is based on real-world situations that provide new volunteers with opportunities to help them understand what it’s like to advocate for children in the child welfare system.
Court observation gives these new volunteers an opportunity to sit in on actual court hearings that take place in Oklahoma County. Volunteers witness what a hearing may look like when it is their time to attend one for their own CASA child. Due to COVID restrictions in the court room these observations are pending so that health and safety protocols can be maintained. During class, court observations will be discussed and scheduled if permitted.
The volunteer is emailed pre-work regularly that they are expected to review prior to coming to the next class. The pre-work consists primarily of reading so that, during class, rich discussion can take place on topics like substance abuse statistics, or resources available for LGBTQ youth. In addition to reading, the volunteer may be asked to do some independent research like the poverty guidelines for families in Oklahoma.
After becoming a volunteer, additional training is required annually in compliance with national standard. In-service formal training is available quarterly to help volunteers meet the twelve hours of continuing education annually. This is a great way for practicing advocate volunteers to keep their basic skills sharp and to provide a more in-depth study of critical issues relating to child abuse and neglect. In-service and other trainings can be found on our Training Portal.